The task was mainly on the Taiwan crisis and the events that led to its occurrence.
Taiwan Strait Crisis
1. What motivated Taiwan’s President Lee to make such a provocative speech at Cornell?
By the year 1996, the Taiwan Strait Crisis had escalated. President Lee had a private visit to Cornell in the U.S and gave a speech stating that China and Taiwan had a state to state relation, which angered Beijing. The speech that President Lee gave was in Taiwan’s Democratization experience. The People’s Republic of China gave orders for live missiles to be tested off Taiwan’s coast. This was a way of reacting to the first Presidential election Taiwan has ever held. He was seeking diplomatic isolation of the Republic of China. However, the People’s Republic of China (Taiwan) opposed such visits from the Republic of China. The speech he gave at Cornell was considered a humiliation (Charles 7).
2. Why did Chinese President Jiang Zemin respond the way he did?
China and Taiwan needed to reunify, and this called for drastic action. China was worried that President Lee would get more aggressive in his international campaigns and gain the attention of the third world countries and get Taiwan to get into the United Nations. The steps that Lee took of confronting the Chinese and his campaigns were to ensure Taiwan was independent. Lee also did this as a way of undermining the One China principle. The Taiwan natio